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Rob Franklin, DVM, Dip.ACVIM

Dr. Franklin is a veterinary graduate of Texas A&M University and has advanced training in equine internal medicine from the University of Florida. He has led and developed successful intensive care units in Florida, Australia and Texas. Dr. Franklin has served on the boards of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners, Marion Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Equine Veterinary Association and as a director on the board of the AAEP. Rob has lectured locally and internationally on equine internal medicine, published peer reviewed journal articles and written several textbook chapters on the topic.

Dr. Franklin resides in Fredericksburg, Texas and is a partner in Fredericksburg Equine Veterinary Services, Stephenville Equine Sports Medicine and Guardia Equine Sports Medicine.  As a philanthropist and entrepreneur, he holds a private interest in supporting equine-humanitarian efforts through his nutritional supplement company, Animal Stewards International, the makers of the FullBucket line of supplements.  Rob has led over a dozen veterinary medical trips to Central America since 2012. 

Melissa R. King, DVM, PhD, DACVSMR

Dr. King is a board-certified equine sports medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She graduated from the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and completed an internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.  Upon completion of her internship, Dr. King returned to private practice in northern Colorado to begin her career as an equine sports medicine clinician. She returned to her alma mater in 2008 to pursue a PhD assessing the efficacy of underwater treadmill exercise to diminish the progression of carpal osteoarthritis.  Dr. King’s current research interests involve the objective assessment of various rehabilitation modalities and therapeutic exercises for the management of equine musculoskeletal injuries as well as the biomechanical assessment of compensatory gait adaptations. 

Christiana L. Ober, DVM, MRCVS

Dr. Ober graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 and then moved to Middleburg, Virginia to complete a two-year sports medicine and imaging internship at Virginia Equine Imaging and immerse herself in the world of three-day eventing. She then practiced in Middleburg, Virginia, and Ocala, Florida, for the next 13 years working for Virginia Equine Imaging, BW Furlong and Associates, and then setting up Peak Performance Equine Services. She served as a team vet for the Canadian Three-Day Eventing team from 2006-2015, during which the team won the silver medal at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.  In 2015, after marriage to British Dressage Team Vet Andre Buthe and the birth of their son Luca, she relocated to the United Kingdom to develop a sports medicine practice with her husband in the beautiful countryside of Wiltshire.  Since 2015, she has served as the team vet for the New Zealand Three-Day Eventing team.  Her main interests include lameness, proactive management of the sport horse, and rehabilitation of the sport horse with a goal of returning to upper level competition.  

Sarah Reuss, VMD, DACVIM

Dr. Reuss serves as an Equine Professional Services Veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim.  Dr. Reuss grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania riding hunters and jumpers. She received her BS in Animal Bioscience from Pennsylvania State University, followed by a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. After an internship at Equine Medical Center of Ocala, she next completed a residency at Texas A&M University, becoming a Board Certified Large Animal Internal Medicine specialist. Dr. Reuss then practiced general and specialty medicine at McKinlay and Peters Equine Hospital in Spokane, Washington. Pursuing her love of teaching, she joined the faculty at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Chief of the Large Animal Medicine Service. Dr. Reuss transitioned to industry in 2016, first with Merial who was then acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim. Throughout her career, Dr. Reuss has maintained active roles within AAEP, ACVIM, AVMA, and the Veterinary Leadership Institute. Her professional interests include gastrointestinal disease, neurology, endocrine disease, and infectious diseases of the horse and foal. Outside of work, she enjoys running, kayaking, hiking, traveling, and riding her warmblood mare.